One of my favorite things is when the gals in my family get together to craft. It's always a really special time, and I wish we made it happen more often than we do. However, because my Grandma (now 87 years old!) has limited dexterity, and my sister in law is very new to crafting, we will a lot of times use kits. Often I will just put together kits myself, but sometimes, I will grab some simple looking scrapbook or paper crafting kits from the scrapbook store. Of course, then I bring out all the vintage things I can find in my studio that I think will coordinate. I always love to add the vintage elements and mixed media things that I love. So today's projdect started out as a simple scrapbook kit, and I've added paint, sanded papers, added vintage ephemera, and bits of vintage lace, as well as some super cute images.
Unfortunately, I could not find the packaging for the scrapbook items, so I do not remember who made these products, but I can say the scrapbook itself was made simply from kraft card stock with regular copy paper stapled inside for the pages. Super simple, and something you could easily create with materials on hand.
On the cover, I added some blue paint. Note: I almost always use latex paint, you know, regular old house paint. I love buying the sample pots in all sorts of pretty colors, and I find that latex paint dries super fast on paper. I also like the texture of the paint a little better than acrylic paints.
I added some layers of both the scrapbook elements as well as some vintage book paper, a vintage doily, and vintage lace. The gorgeous blue rose element was a scrapbook element that I sanded to make it look older. I loved the little girl image so much, I actually used it twice in my book!
On the inside cover, I simply printed an image I loved and adhered it with a bit of glue and some gold dot washi tape.
I used layers of the gold script washi tape to create an extra layer over the polka dot scrapbook paper.
See that vintage netting with the flowers wrapped around the vellum envelope in this photo? I have had that for years! I think I got it from a Teresa Collins class at CHA several years ago. Ha. Talk about hoarding, right?
For these two pages, the scrapbook paper that came with the kit was a dark brown floral paper. I used a blue paint and painted over most of the page. I added some book pages, painted and inked over those a bit, then added the printed images.
I made the rose/doily embellishment a pocket by simply adhering the bottom and sides to the background pages, but leaving the top open. That allowed me to slide in come little envelops for extra notes.
The background pages here are just printed book pages again covered with paint. I added some washi tape for added texture. I adhered the little girl holding flowers so that she would overlap slightly onto the next page. I added another envelope over part of her image and added some scrapbook embellishments as well as some vintage lace.
So, that's it. A fun project to do, plus I loved taking the scrapbook elements and mixing them into all of the vintage stuff I love. I also loved that everyone's book turned out a little different, as they used other materials and had ideas of their own. My sister in law adds photos to hers to make it more of an actual scrapbook. My favorite thing is to watch my Grandma just take off and do her own thing. It's precious.
Happy crafting, Cerri xoxo